A brief blurb about the different blogs I’m writing

June 30, 2016

AWS Elastic File System Unleashed

I ‘ve been anxiously awaiting the release of Amazon’s Elastic File System (EFS). This new type of file system allows multiple EC2 instances to mount the same cloud file system concurrently. The beta version has been available for a while, but only on the west coast. I received the announcement that EFS was live on us-east-1 at 6:01 this morning, I couldn’t wait to get started. So far setting things up has been an easy process, although the AWS documentation is a bit scattered and incomplete in some areas. I’ll go over the steps I took using the aws cli […]
June 25, 2016

Protecting AWS Objects With MFA Delete

I n this post I’ll cover how to configure a bucket policy to require MFA delete and then give an example of how to perform an object deletion using the aws cli and a formatted json file. At work I’ve set up several buckets to store long-term data. We don’t want this data accidentally deleted so I set up a policy to require Multi-Factor Authentication(MFA) for object deletion, and then restricted MFA access to administrators. I think this is probably a common scenario for many aws users, but I found the documentation to be a bit scattered without any concise […]
June 3, 2016

Tag Cloud Customization Without Plugins

I’m going to show how I used the built in wp_tag_cloud function to customize my tag cloud. I’m using BeTheme on my WordPress site, which I really like, but the Muffin tag cloud plugin seems flat and boring. There’s no way to set font sizes or include my blog categories in the tag cloud. I was surprised to find that these parameters seem to be advanced options that most free plugins don’t support. I don’t want to spend any money, and I really don’t want to mess around with too many plugins on my site, so I’ll just code the […]
May 26, 2016

WordPress htaccess Editing

The .htaccess file is an essential piece of your website security. With simple changes to your .htacess file you can password protect areas of your website, allow or deny the ability of users to browse the filesystem on your web server, configure redirects for your website, and allow or deny script execution in particular areas of your website. The official Apache site has a nice tutorial on .htaccesss configuration, but it can be pretty confusing and intimidating if you’re not a server administrator and you’re just trying to make a few tweaks to keep your personal WordPress site safe. I […]